Months after the coronavirus pandemic ground collegiate athletics to a screeching halt, one sport seems to be returning to a state as close to normal as possible.
UNC men’s golf head coach Andrew DiBitetto said he and his staff are focusing on what they’d be doing during a typical summer: checking in on Tar Heel golfers as they compete in — and sometimes win — amateur tournaments across the country.
“Overall, I’d say it’s been a pretty good two or three weeks,” DiBitetto said. “It even brings us back to ‘normal’ a little bit. Because just simply clicking the refresh button on three or four tournaments at a time is what we are normally doing this time of year, as we are watching our guys play at summer tournaments, as well as recruits.”
One of the Tar Heels seeing the most success on the tournament circuit is first-year Peter Fountain, who placed second at the North Carolina Open on June 10. This past weekend, he defeated Oklahoma's Jonathan Brightwell in a playoff to win the North Carolina Amateur with a clutch par on the 18th hole.
Prior to the North Carolina Open, Fountain said he had not competed in organized play since October. After graduating high school in December and coming to UNC a semester early, Fountain chose to redshirt for the rest of the year. Since golf counts as both a fall and spring sport, redshirting allowed him to conserve a semester of eligibility.